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Fort Point National Historic Site

Historic Site and Park
Presidio National Park, San Francisco
  • Joanne W.
    "Absolutely beautiful place to be right under the Golden Gate Bridge."(13 Tips)
    Jason F.
    "From here you get one of the best views of the GG bridge."(3 Tips)
    Stephanie R.
    "Civil War Days is a great time to check this historic place out."(3 Tips)
    Jess L.
    "I love going up to the roof under the bridge and enjoying the view."(23 Tips)
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  • Joanne W.
    Joanne WongDecember 20, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful place to be right under the Golden Gate Bridge. Great place to take a lot of great photos as well. Make sure you wear a jacket when you head upstairs (best not to wear a dress).
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Fort Point was ostensibly built to protect SF from Confederate attack. Few places are more thrilling to kids than abandoned military forts. They're dark, spooky, and perfect for hide and seek. Read more
  • Jason F.
    Jason FontanaJune 4, 2015
    Great view of the bridge from below! Don't stay here for sunset but be sure to stop by. There's a good parking lot not too far from here.
  • Laksh
    LakshJune 9, 2014
    Bundle up! It gets cold and windy inside the arena-like fort. Also, make sure to peer through all the tiny windows for spectacular and rare views of the GGB.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FontanaDecember 1, 2014
    From here you get one of the best views of the GG bridge. You get right below it. Be here some time before sunset and get to the top of the fort.
  • David S.
    David SangerSeptember 16, 2011
    This Civil War fort offers a unique view from directly underneath the bridge. The intricate girders contrast with the historic brickwork. Shoot in the late afternoon from the top level.
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    Fort Point was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay and was occupied in WWII in order to protect the Bay.
    Upvoted Aug 26
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumJanuary 12, 2012
    Notice the greenish rock near the entrance. This is serpentinite—California’s state rock—which likely came from deep within the earth’s interior. This rock holds up the south tower of the GG Bridge.
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
    From the right side of the parking area, there is a great vantage of the Golden Gate Bridge. Get low and try to capture one of the rusty chains in the foreground with the bridge in the background.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly StrodlSeptember 9, 2011
    Make it in to see the fort, it's epic and almost unknown how much history they have stored up in there. Plus a cool view of the city toward North Beach & the bridge. Tap you hands at the runners mark.
  • Fi V.
    Fi VeiNovember 9, 2015
    One of the best spots to get great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, and also the fort is very beautiful itself...
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanNovember 6, 2012
    At the end of Crissy Field, right under the GGB is fort point, a civil war era brick fort, don’t miss it, but bring a jacket, it gets windy.
  • Candid Cuisine
    Candid CuisineJune 25, 2015
    The long trek here to be up close to the Golden Gate Bridge is worth it. You'll be sweating afterwards though!
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can get a BBQ on a sunny day with little wind, you've found a little slice of heaven. Sit back and enjoy the view of the bridge!
  • Priscilla L.
    Priscilla LeongMay 3, 2015
    Beautiful landscape but definitely need to bring a jacket, it's really windy.
  • Alice S.
    Alice SeoyeonOctober 3, 2014
    very recommened view point to enjoy great view of golden gate. also you can go to golden gate bridge by walk. it takes 5 to 10 min.
  • Hamdi B.
    Hamdi Ben LaghaMarch 24, 2015
    Place to go with a bike or by walk !
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 23
    I love going up to the roof under the bridge and enjoying the view.
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    Hanging around in the San Francisco Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend? Plan ahead and take public transit to one of these local events.
  • Pez C.
    Pez CuckowApril 30
    Don't miss the amazing window on the third floor!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 1, 2015
    It gets freezing here, bring your jacket. Civil War Days is a great time to check this historic place out.
  • Son H.
    Son HongFebruary 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the top floor of Fort Point and walk around it and to the edge to see stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bonita Lighthouse, San Francisco, and the rest of the channel in. Read more
  • Catriona H.
    Fantastic views of the bridge from underneath the south tower.
  • Son H.
    Son HongFebruary 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for a run through Crissy Field past the fishing pier and down the road towards Fort Point. Just to the right of FP, look for the metal wire fence and touch the "Hoppers Hands" before turning around Read more
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    This Civil War-era fort was used as a base camp during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and as a scouting point for enemy submarines during World War II. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LowyAugust 10, 2014
    The best view of the Golden Gate is from the top of Fort Point.
  • Ali T.
    Ali ThanawallaDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my absolute favorite places to take photos. Great spot for a portrait shoot.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeAugust 31, 2015
    The absolute best spot for views of the Golden Gate!
  • Barbara C.
    Barbara CzenczApril 25, 2013
    Great shot of bottom of GG Bridge and Alcatraz island, downtown San Fran and Sausalito
  • Molly W.
    Molly WiebeJanuary 26, 2014
    The night time tour is great! Bring warm clothes.
  • Cristina
    CristinaJune 29
    Beautiful place to take a great picture or to take a run.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BOctober 7, 2015
    Stroll down & enjoy the view under the bridge.
  • Jan O.
    Jan ORMarch 3
    Great view of the bridge.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaFebruary 16, 2015
    Beautiful sunsets happen here.
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeFebruary 11, 2015
    Believe it or not, people always seem to be surfing here!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 7, 2013
    Breathe-taking night view of the GGB!
  • Filming Locations
    Filming LocationsApril 7, 2012
    The place, where Madeleine (Kim Novak) takes a reckless plunge into the waters of the Bay in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Vertigo".
  • Doug V.
    Doug ValenteAugust 31, 2015
    Lots of great photo ops at the top level.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HomFebruary 13, 2012
    The location of Bicentennial Man starring Robin WIlliams where he meets his female robot counterpart. Madeleine meets her fate here in Vertigo
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimFebruary 2, 2014
    Best place to take a photo with the Golden Gate!
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyJuly 21, 2015
    Gorgeous views!!!!
  • Todd L.
    Todd LoydFebruary 23, 2013
    Best view of the Bridge and FREE!
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroOctober 4, 2015
    It offers a different point of view of the bridge.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SJune 14
    historic fort under the bridge
  • Rafael M.
    Rafael MoralesApril 25, 2010
    Join the Fort Point facebook page for info about live music and other events here.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 20, 2015
    Cool underside view of the bridge
  • El T.
    El TJanuary 14, 2014
    Amazing view, fog or shine!
  • Allison D.
    Allison DeVoeDecember 18, 2010
    Climb along all the wall edges for fantastic views, no matter what the weather.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RMay 3, 2011
    Beautiful backdrop for a walk or a picnic.
  • @CaptGeek (.
    Watch out, it closes at 5pm, but at least it's free :-)
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